Willian could spark summer scramble

Willian is ready to spark a summer scramble for his signature by exploring options away from Chelsea.

The Blues are yet to open new contract talks with the Brazilian international, who has never been a regular starter under Antonio Conte despite his consistent performances which have seen him emerge as a top performer.

Now, with just over two-years left on his current deal – Willian is attracting strong interest from elsewhere with his former boss Jose Mourinho in the market to take him to Manchester United, whilst neighbours Manchester City are also keeping tabs on him – but Spanish colossus Real Madrid and Barcelona are also keen, as are Monaco – under the stewardship of former Chelsea man Michael Emenalo.

I understand that whilst Willian is more than happy at Chelsea, his representatives are aware of the interest from elsewhere, and are listening to the options and if he does move, the 29-year-old could exit this summer.

In recent weeks Willian has admitted he is happy at Chelsea, whilst also admitting his respect for Real and Barca.

“I think they are the two biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid and Barcelona. They are the clubs with the most visibility,” he said, but he insists he is happy at Stamford Bridge.

“My goal is to stay here at Chelsea. Unless Chelsea does not want me anymore – then you have to find another club.

“Staying here for many more years and if it’s possible to renew my contract. About this, we have not talked yet.”

Bookmakers feel Mourinho’s presence at United is key and BetVictor make them just 3/1 to land the Brazilian.

“Man United are expected to be linked with many influential players and are 3/1 to secure Willian from one of their rivals,” said BetVictor’s Head of ante post Football Michael Triffitt.

“Manchester City can be backed at 8/1 and its 12/1 bar although a successful World Cup in Russia may inflate the players price again and leave Chelsea in the driving seat with potential suitors.”

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